David Beckham has said he is open to talks with potential Manchester United buyers, reports said.
Not only can Beckham afford the Premier League giants, but could be part of an investment consortium to buy the club.
Beckham’s involvement could prove beneficial to potential buyers given his long history at the club.
David Beckham has said he is open to talks with potential Man United buyers
Beckham can’t afford the Premier League giants on his own but could be part of an investment consortium to buy the club
According to The Times, Beckham is open to talks with potential bidders for Manchester United.
Potential buyers could enlist the former Red Devil to increase their chances of winning the bidding war for United.
Beckham’s past at United and his relationship with Old Trafford supporters could tip the vote in favor of those he works with.
The Times adds that Beckham has been approached by “several investors” in the past, but talks never progressed.
The former England captain is said to be more open than ever to discussing a deal, as United confirmed on Tuesday that their American owners were open to selling the club.
The Glazers, who have spent the last 17 years at Old Trafford, put United up for sale this week
The Glazer family – who have faced much opposition during their tenure – announced on Tuesday that they would be willing to sell the club after 17 years in charge.
The statement hit United’s website at 9:30 p.m. just as trading on the New York Stock Exchange, where the club is listed, ended for today.
In the statement, the club said the board of directors was embarking on a process “designed to bolster the club’s future growth” with the intention of maximizing opportunities on and off the pitch.
That’s what the statement said the Glazers would consider all options, including “new investment in the club, a sale or other transactions.”
This was followed by a quote from Avram and Joel Glazer, United’s executive co-chairs, who said “we will evaluate all options.”
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The statement ended with the caveat that “there can be no guarantee” that a sale or investment will come out of the process.
Sports mail previously revealed how Sir Jim Ratcliffe had been linked to the purchase of Manchester United.
The British billionaire, founder of chemical giant Ineos, was one of the first to express an interest in buying the club when it was rumored to sell earlier in the summer.
At the time, however, the Glazers had no intention of selling in Manchester and Ratcliffe’s admission therefore fell on deaf ears.
Now he’s ready to prepare a new approach after United’s unpopular owners revealed they’re open to offers, though it’s believed there are concerns over the potential asking price.
Sir Jim Ratcliffe is reportedly preparing a bid to buy Manchester United from the Glazers
Ratcliffe is wary of overpaying amid reports claiming the Glazers could demand at least £5bn for their controlling stake in United, with brokers expecting the Raine Group to push for a price that would reflect the natural value of exceeds the club.
The 70-year-old has experience with Raine following his botched Chelsea takeover bid in the summer, which collapsed when his bid was submitted too late after waiting for the price to fall.
Nevertheless, his aim to buy United – the club he has supported since childhood – is said to be serious and that Ineos have probably already done their due diligence on the Red Devils given their rule of only acquiring companies that can after three increase significantly in value each year.
Ratcliffe could be interested in a partnership with Beckham, who played for United from his childhood until his signing with Real Madrid in 2003
Beckham made 394 appearances for the Manchester United first team, scoring 85 goals
Ratcliffe could be interested in a partnership with Beckham, who played for United from his youth until his signing with Real Madrid in 2003.
Beckham is regarded as a Manchester United legend. He was part of the Class of ’92 that won the FA Youth Cup alongside Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville.
He went on to make 394 appearances for the first XI, scoring 85 goals. One of his most notable came in the 1996–97 campaign when he found the back of the net from halfway line at Selhurst Park.
Beckham made a move to Real Madrid in the summer of 2003, but sidelined the fans by helping United win another Premiership medal. He even scored a sensational free-kick against Everton in his last game before leaving.
As a result, Beckham left the club with 11 trophies, including six Premier League titles and the Treble.